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  1. Michael is offline themeparX Top Investigator
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    SeaWorld Orlando today is celebrating the opening of Orlando's tallest, longest and fastest roller coaster, Mako.

    Here are some of my favorite photos of Mako from Twitter. The first two photos are from @bioreconstruct, the third photo is from @FLTripGuides, and the fourth photo is from @nesdude. I encourage you all to follow these Twitter users - they post great updates about Orlando attractions!





  2. Michael is offline themeparX Top Investigator
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    Disney announced plans for a new "family raft ride" at Disney World's Typhoon Lagoon waterpark in Orlando, Florida.



    Source: https://twitter.com/richobj/status/740553935207927809

    Walt Disney World plans a new family raft ride at its Typhoon Lagoon water park, according to documents filed with the South Florida Water Management District.

    The ride would be built on 2 acres in the northern part of the water park. It would be west of the Crush 'n' Gusher water coaster raft ride, in an area currently used for back of the house activity.

    The ride would include an elevated flume.

    Typhoon Lagoon opened in 1989. The park includes three raft rides; a lazy river; and a reef where people can swim among tropical fish, stingrays and sharks. It also has a giant wave pool and a children's play area.

    Disney World has another water park, Blizzard Beach, which opened in 1995.

    Both Disney's water parks had 5 percent increases in attendance last year, according to a recent industry report from the Themed Entertainment Association and the economics division of engineering firm AECOM. But it has been several years since Disney's water parks have gotten new rides, and they are facing stiffer competition. Universal Orlando will open the Volcano Bay water park next year.
    Source: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/travel/attractions/the-daily-disney/os-disney-world-typhoon-lagoon-water-park-raft-ride-20160608-story.html

  3. CarlySX is offline themeparX Top Investigator
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    Disneyland are looking to build a new Luxury hotel to open in 2021 and with 700 rooms it will add significant capacity that the park really needs as it grows.

    We’ve also identified several key locations to help you orient yourself. The new hotel will be northeast of the current Disneyland Hotel (Fantasy Tower identified on map), and south of the Mickey and Friends Parking Structure, of which just a sliver appears on the map. Theme park views from the hotel will overlook the show buildings of Splash Mountain, Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Parts of the currently-under-construction Star Wars Land should also be visible, as it will be completed by the time the hotel opens in 2021.


    Currently, the city of Anaheim has only two Four Diamond hotels – the Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa. Anaheim City Council last year adopted a plan to provide tax incentives for developers to build luxury hotels to attract higher-end visitors. Since then, a number of new luxury hotels have been proposed, including two at GardenWalk, one at the site of the Anabella Hotel, and one at the site of the Anaheim Plaza Hotel and Suites.



    Source: http://wdwnt.com/blog/2016/06/breaking-disneyland-resort-to-add-new-flagship-four-diamond-luxury-hotel/

  4. Singapore Zoo will get two additional gates, a new Rainforest Park, and the relocation of Jurong Bird Park:



    Source: AsiaOne
    http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/mandai-host-5-parks-one-location-2020

  5. Firefingers is offline Park Investigator
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    The next major project for Merlin in the UK has been announced. SW8 (just a project name for now) has been announced for Alton Towers. It will be a GCI woodie, with a 2 minute pre-show (a rarity for UK rides) and utilised a "silent magnetic lift system" which it is hypothesised could be mean a "launched" start. To help with sound issues that have plagued the park for much of it's life, parts of the ride including the entire first drop will be enclosed. Construction will being in the autumn of this year (2016) but the ride isn't slated to open until the Spring of 2018.

    https://towersstreet.com/news/2016/breaking-news-sw8-plans-published/




  6. The axle got lifted up. Notice the gap still remaining above the columns. There is apparently a miss alignment between the two , needing to be fixed prior to final placement.

    Latest opening guesses are late, late 2018 if not 2019.

    Completion was originally expected to be sometime during 2015.

  7. CarlySX is offline themeparX Top Investigator
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    More positive news about another Universal themepark/waterpark/entertainment complex coming to Orlando's I-Drive.

    This rumour has been doing the rounds for a while now but it seems to be coming true as new plans for the area show zoning for a new "themepark" to land bought by Comcast (Universals owners) earlier this year.



    A map provided to Orange County's planning department shows a new "Universal Studios Sub-District 8" that will have a theme park zoning, which fits into what many expected to be the future use of the land now owned by Universal's parent company, Comcast Corp. Comcast acquired that 475 acres earlier this year for more than $130 million and has called it a "strategic acquisition" for long-term growth.
    You can see the land is clear on Google Earth and there is currently nothing much west of the Orlando Eye so it would be a good location for a new park. It looks exactly like I would expect a potential Orlando theme park site to look at this stage; site clear of structures, lake location and surrounding areas clear for future expansion. At 475 acres it will be a big site if they build on it.




    Source: http://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/blog/2016/05/universals-proposed-changes-to-i-drive-add-new.html

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    May update - Salalah water park.

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    updated photos

  10. What ever happened to the Planet Earth theme park that was teased on constucion walls next to the ICE LAND park? Was it finished or even started?

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